Edmonton

STARS buying 3 new helicopters

STARS air ambulance is buying three new helicopters that should help improve response times.
A STARS helicopter responded to the April 27 crash on Highway 63 that killed seven people. (Courtesy of Dion Lefebvre)

STARS air ambulance is buying three new helicopters that should help improve response times.

The new $16 million choppers can travel faster and go farther before refueling. The aircraft are also larger and better equipped inside.

"It has the larger working space within the back of the aircraft so the intensive care unit environment is going to be enlarged," said STARS spokesman Cam Heke.

"So there's more we can do with possibly two patients versus that one critically ill or injured patient."  

The first of the new helicopters could be stationed in Edmonton by the end of the year.